June 18, 2019 at 6:57 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Three people stabbed inside gay bar in Dupont Circle

The Metropolitan Police Department has asked the public to help them identify these men who are suspects in the stabbing of three men at the Fireplace on June 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)

D.C. police say three people were stabbed inside a gay bar in Dupont Circle on Sunday morning.

A Metropolitan Police Department press release says two suspects and the victims “were engaged in a verbal dispute” inside the Fireplace on P Street, N.W., near the corner of 22nd Street at 1:42 a.m. on Sunday.

“One suspect brandished a knife and stabbed three victims,” says the press release. “The suspects then fled the scene. The victims sought treatment at area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.”

Lieutenant Brett Parson, who oversees the MPD LGBT Liaison Unit, confirmed to the Blade the stabbings took place on the Fireplace’s second floor. The press release does not say whether the victims are gay.

A nearby surveillance camera captured two men who have been identified as suspects. The MPD has asked anyone with information to call 202-727-9099 or text the MPD’s Text Tip Line at 50411.

The incident took place at roughly the same time a gay couple was attacked on U Street.

Marcus Britt, 19, of Fort Washington, Md., and two juveniles have been charged with robbery by force and violence in connection with the attack.

A man with a gun demanded oral sex from a group of transgender women as they walked near Casa Ruby on Saturday. The incident took place less than two days after Zoe Spears, a trans woman who previously lived at Casa Ruby, was killed in Fairmount Heights in Prince George’s County.

Activists with whom the Washington Blade has spoken say Spears knew Ashanti Carmon, a trans woman who was murdered in Fairmount Heights on March 30.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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